Tired of finishing a free day in the knowledge that you’ve literally done nothing? Wish you could be more productive? In this article, Beauty and Tips takes a look at 10 productive things to do in your free time.
There is nothing like free time, is there? Free time means we can de-stress, kick back with some Netflix and generally just laze around. However, some of us prefer to actually use our free time more wisely and actually get stuff done. The problem is we’re good at saying we’ll use our free time better – but bad at actually making good on our promises. Time is a gift that so many of us treat badly. When we have free time, we often see it as an opportunity to just chill and do nothing. But this approach sucks because free time turns into wasted time. All those things we could have done – self improvement, chores, our passions et cetera – don’t get done. And before we know it, our time is taken up once more by work. And we have nothing to show for all that free time we just had.
“So what did you do with your free time?” a friend asks us as we return to work.
“I slept,” we say sheepishly.
Meanwhile, we have to listen to all the great things they did with their free time. Oups!
A lot of the time, we don’t use our free time productively because we don’t know what to do with it. To help you out, let’s take a look at 10 productive things to do in your free time.
Make Some Goals
One of the reasons some of us never seem to be getting anywhere in life is because we don’t even know where it is we want to go! And that’s because we haven’t set some goals. Why haven’t we set some goals? Because we never have the time!
Well, one of super productive things to do in your free time is to set some goals. Make your next week, month and year the best ever by making a list of awesome goals and then achieving them.
Update Your Finances
Finances can be really messy things. Who reading this knows their incomings and outgoings to a tee? Very few, we’ll wager. Most of us find it hard to keep track of our finances because a) finances are complex and b) we just don’t have the time. When we don’t keep on top of our finances, bad things happen: We get in debt, we take out loans, we spend our savings, we’re reduced to $5 for the last week before payday.
Sorting out your finances is a chore that takes a bit of time, but it’s one that needs to done. It will save you a major headache in the long run. Use your free time now to clear your check-book, review your budget and get yourself financially back on track.
Follow Up To People
Another good tip on productive things to do in your free time is to check your email inbox, check your phone for messages, check Facebook Messenger. There will be messages you haven’t replied to – lots of them, probably. Hey, it happens. We fall behind with people when we’re busy. But now that you’re free, why not use the time to catch up with people and reply to those messages you’ve been putting off for so long. Probably best that you don’t say “I won’t take so long to reply next time!” though.
Meditation involves you sitting down on the floor with your eyes closed doing nothing. Does that sound like productive things to do in your free time? Totally! Meditation is a great way to clear your mind, de-stress and recalibrate. It gets your focus back, and it could be the best way EVER to use ten minutes of your time before you move onto your next task.
Volunteering is a marvellous way to spend your free time productively. You’re literally helping other people – what’s not great about that? You can do any kind of volunteering. You could head down to your local soup kitchen or food bank, clean up a highway, or even mentor a troubled youth.
Learn A Skill That Can Change Your Life
Next great tip on productive things to do in your free time is to learn new skills. Ever seen people on Facebook complain about it being Monday again?
“I can’t believe the weekend is over already! I really don’t wanna go to work again tomorrow. I just want to travel for the rest of my life.”
Maybe you’ve said something similar. The thing is, so many of us say that we hate our jobs and that we wish we had more freedom, but we aren’t doing anything to change our lives. We use our spare time to drink gin or watch Netflix or shop on eBay.
You have SO much spare time away from work that you could be using to acquire a new skill that could change your life. More and more people are becoming freelancers who travel as they work. What’s stopping you? All you need to do is use your spare time differently.
Catch Up With Some Reading
Another one of fabulous, productive things to do in your free time is to read. Reading is always productive because it gets the gears of the mind working. Spend some time either reading some great fiction of non-fiction. It will help you to learn more about the world around you, the people in it, and it could even eventually change your life (the right books do just that).
Make More Money
Can you make extra money in your spare time? It used to be so much harder. But now that we have the Internet, it’s so easy to do this, and it can be one of good, productive things to do in your free time. If you’ve got a marketable skill, such as design or writing, you can sign up to a global freelancing platform such as Freelancer.com and start applying for jobs that you can knock out in 30 minutes here and there. Why sit on your hands when you could be making cash?!
Catch Up With Family
If you feel as though you’ve been neglecting your family lately, now is the time to catch up with them. Visit them, take them out, do stuff with them. Sleep over!
Do you have other ideas about productive things to do in your free time?